New Darksun Campaign



May 12, 2007 7:51:05
I'm thinking up a few ideas for a new DS campaign as w actually haven'y played on Athas for a while being distracted by other setting and ATM I'm a player in a d6 Star Wars RPG game which give me alot of time to design DS mechaincs.

My usual group includes some rather experience players but the gorup has dwindled from 5 to 3 which doesn't work out so well in D&D as it does for some other RPG systems we've notice. I've only run1 DS campaign for this gorup and they don't know that much about Aths. They know or suspect that most if not all the Sorceror Kings are Dragons and that Haflings once ruled the planet and 1 of the Players has read the Prism Pentad and Lynn Abbey books. He knows that Borys was The Dragon and the other SKs are baby Dragons as he calls them.

Our last game finished at level 11 so the new PCs will probably start at evel 11 but I'm not sure what timeline to start them in. I'm thinking 100 years before the Prism Pentad or set in Free Year 1015 or something like that. The Dragon will be alive but it won't be Borys (ressurected Kalid Mai?)and I think each city will have a Sorceror King including Tyr which is ruled by Sadira, Raam gets Dregoth, Andopinis returns and Drajs kid king in the revised boxed set whos name I can never remember gets bumped up to a Dragon and Sorceror King.

I'm also tempted to start the PCs at level 3 in a slave caravan. Anyway I want it set either far enough in the past or future I can more or less ignore the Prism Pentad and I'm leaning towards the future at the moment. Star Wars legacy comics have introdeuced a new story arc set 140 years after Return of the Jedi and I'm interested in something similar for Darksun. Basically I want to get some ideas off the community. Ideas please.


May 12, 2007 20:21:25
I agree with the time changes, either past or future... lets you dissassociate from the canon wranglings surrounding the PP and other published material. You can cut away and get to the heart of the DS theme - survival!

That being said, I've thought about a DS campaign set around Balic in the near future after the PP. Andro is still gone, but political factions are wrangling for control of the city... something along the lines of the -Rome- tv show (and Roman history). I think it would be pretty cool, especially for a group including templars.


May 13, 2007 5:29:42
I'm starting my campaign with the original boxed set's timeline.
As the players progress, have selected PP events take place around the PCs. This should lend the game an organic feeling, like the other people and characters are all actually doing something instead of just standing there waiting to offer a sidequest or something like that.


May 13, 2007 10:36:59
I am actually thinking of starting a new campaign as well - set in Urik with at least one PC being a templar (I am sure I could convince at least one if not two of my players to do so).


May 14, 2007 9:14:24
I'll join but, I've never played DS before. I own the whole PP set, if that helps.
Just throwing my hat in the ring.:D


May 14, 2007 10:09:03
I'll join but, I've never played DS before. I own the whole PP set, if that helps.
Just throwing my hat in the ring.:D

That is great news!

Now what exactly are you going to join, becuase I have no idea what you are talking about?



May 14, 2007 11:02:21
Well, the "new DS campaign" if it isnt a strictly pnp affair, I'm not gonna hop on a plane just to go play, lol.
Perhaps I should have read this thread more carefully.


May 14, 2007 12:08:40
lol, assuming that pnp=paper 'n pencils, then yes it is.
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